Maxi Lopez says he could have hurt Mauro Icardi this season, but chose not to because he wanted to set a good example.
The two players have been at the centre of a now infamous love triangle which also involves Argentine model Wanda Nara.
Nara was initially married to Lopez but, after allegedly having extra-marital relations with Icardi, she split up with the Catania man to instead be with the Inter forward. The couple are now engaged.
To compound matters, Icardi has been posting pictures of himself on social media with Lopez’s children throughout the season, despite the 30-year-old’s request for him not to do so.
However, speaking to Radio Metro today, the former Sampdoria player insisted he is happy and wants to put the past behind him.
“I need to be an example for youngsters,” Lopez said. “I could have hurt him (Icardi), but I didn’t do it so that I wouldn’t be a bad example for my children.
“Everything I do, I do in order to be an example. I am an old-fashioned type, for me ethics are ethics – if those are broken for me everything is finished. Respect, everything.
“Today however I’m winning. I am relaxed and happy and I think that Wanda is too with that person.
“She gave me three children that I love and I can see that they are well too. We need to find peace, out of respect to everyone.”
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